ADAM SAXTON AND DAN MURPHY met on Hinge, and after a first date at a gallery opening in Dallas, love was in the air. They would eventually find themselves back in that same gallery when Dan proposed. “Adam thought we were on our way to a work dinner, when at the last minute, I told him we needed to stop at the art gallery,” Dan shares. “Little did Adam know the gallery was closed.” In the room where their favorite artist David Yarrow’s prints hung, a custom playlist, a bottle of Dom Pérignon and custom-painted Louis Vuitton ring boxes awaited.
Six months later, the couple married at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago. “We stayed [there] on our first trip to Chicago together, so it immediately came to mind as the place to hold our wedding,” Adam says (Dan is from Chicago). Dim lighting and an aisle illuminated by candlelight set the scene. “We asked a close friend to be the officiant, which—combined with writing our own vows—made the ceremony feel very personal,” Adam adds. The ceremony culminated with a reading of the United States Supreme Court decision on marriage equality by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
For the reception, the spacious ballroom was populated with inviting lounge areas; bars donning the pair’s monogram; and sleek, plush velvet drapery. “We were aware that for many of our guests this would be their first gay wedding,” Dan says. “It was important for us to show our guests that a wedding between two men can uphold the same style and traditions as the weddings they have attended before.”
The grooms with their 8-year-old twin sons.
A custom seafood station was displayed on an ice sculpture bearing the couple’s wedding monogram.
“We wanted to keep the floral arrangements elegant and enhance the environment with well-thought-out lighting,” they say.
Nearly all of the couple’s 267 guests hit the dance floor.
Centerpieces of blooming branches anchored the tables.
Venue & Catering The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, ritzcarlton.com
Wedding Planner Anthony Navarro, Liven It Up Events, livenitup.com
Grooms’ Tuxes custom, Tom Ford, tomford.com
Grooms’ Shoes Christian Louboutin, us.christianlouboutin.com
Rings & Lapel Pins Jason of Beverly Hills, jasonofbh.com
Grooms’ Watches Rolex, rolex.com
Grooming Savy Ty, Muse the Salon, musesalondallas.com
Male Attendants’ Attire The Black Tux, theblacktux.com
Florals Kehoe Designs, kehoedesigns.com
Cake CAKE, cake-chicago.com
Invitations & Signage Double Trip Press, doubletrippress.com
Linens BBJ La Tavola, bbjlatavola.com
Entertainment Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra, Arlen Music Productions, arlenmusic.com
Favors McAlister’s Deli, mcalistersdeli.com
Transportation M&M Limousine Services, mmlimo.com
Photo Booth Snapbooth Chicago, snapboothchicago.com
Videographer Old North Film Company, oldnorthfilmcompany.com
Photography by: Pen/Carlson